Just looking at this told me using the sketched hand was going to work better
Even without lines or shading, these hands look much more like they are part of the release of bubbles, more like my vision. And they are slightly smaller than my other hand patterns - wondering if they could even be a bit smaller...
But you still haven't helped me with color! Over on Facebook I've gotten a suggestion of dark turquoise. It's so difficult looking at the white paper patterns and not be influenced by them. I don't think skin-tone is right and wondered if a more or less monochromatic palette might be the way to go. I've been seeing them as fairly light all along but perhaps they DO need to be a darker value. Argh still - need to take another look at the stash.